Apply Early for Liquor Licences for Summer Events

If you’re holding an event this summer that will need a special liquor licence, make sure to plan ahead and apply as soon as possible or you risk missing out.


From 18 December 2013, the process for getting a special licence will change when the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 comes fully into force. In the past, people have often left it late to apply for a special licence, something that was allowed under the old Sale of Liquor Act.


Under the new law, all applications must be made at least 20 working days before the event is held (although exceptions may be made for unforeseen events, such as funerals). In particular, applications for special licences for events planned for mid-February 2014 or earlier MUST be lodged by 18 December 2013.


That’s because under the new Act, a ‘working day’ does not include weekends, statutory holidays or any day from 20 December and 15 January (inclusive).


Please plan ahead to make sure you lodge your application in time to get your licence for a summer event. 


Posted 14 November 2013

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